This year’s Art in Transit will show the works of kindergarten, first, second, sixth and seventh grade students from Bear River Charter School.
LOGAN — Bear River Charter School students were surprised to find that their artwork was chosen to decorate a Cache Valley Transportation Department bus to celebrate the tenth year of the Art in Transit: Schools to Community program decorating buses.
“When he finally got on the bus, we were all so surprised,” said BRCS student Harper Lambert.
Celebrating the 10th year of Art in Transit with bus covers featuring students’ art around Cache Valley, the bus was unveiled at this year’s Summerfest, which took place last weekend.
The purpose of Art in Transit is to present art made by children in public places, showcasing student works of art inside and outside CVTD buses throughout Cache Valley.
This year’s artwork wrapped around the bus features self-portraits of sixth- and seventh-graders from the BRCS, as well as mixed media collages of second-graders’ flowers and architectural forms of kindergarten and first-graders.
“I’m really happy because, you know, you always see buses driving around with art,” Sofia said. “I think it’s really great that mine will be on it”
BRCS art teacher Brooke Lambert said she did not inform students that their art could be presented on the bus because she did not want students to worry about the final product, but to have fun and experiment with the project.
“I think it changes the level of stress a person experiences while creating,” Lambert said. “They had complete freedom from that pressure.”
BRCS student Sofia Kleiner said she feels complete with her final product, as it is something that allows her to explore different art forms.
“I felt really good because I thought mine was pretty good,” Sofia said. “I was proud to have taken a good picture and self-portrait.”
Sofia’s mother, Amy Kleiner, said Lambert had helped the students create something they were proud of.
“Even before we found out about the bus, many children were so proud of these songs and they were something they could take home and keep, ”Kleiner said. “To know that they will be on a bus and we will see them around the city in a year is so special.”
According to Lambert, the project is part of an arts integration program that integrates mathematics and other skills into the arts.
“They learn about math skills, they learn about scale, proportion and practical math,” Lambert said. “Everything is covered in a style of art that is personal to them.”
Lambert said the integration of the arts is an important tool that helps students make connections between all their classes and the world around them. She said Cache Valley is lucky with a strong art culture and programs like Art in Transit.
“We are lucky to have a strong artistic culture in Cache Valley“Lambert said. Take off your hat to Aurora Hughes Villa for inventing this Art in Transit program because I think it speaks volumes about children in the community who see their artwork and other children’s artwork on the bus as if it were really sending a message . “
Lambert said he believes the program also helps educate the public about the importance of art education for children.
“This program is so important because it shows our young people what we value as adults,” Lambert said. “We appreciate their contribution.”
The bus will include artwork by BRCS students for one year, and Cache Valley residents can see the bus through the valley.